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November 5, 2013 > Diablo Ballet opens with premiers for A Swingin' Holiday

Diablo Ballet opens with premiers for A Swingin' Holiday

Submitted By Lauren Jonas

Diablo Ballet, an award-winning, professional dance company of Walnut Creek, begins its landmark 20th season with the Diablo Ballet premiere of Our Waltzes Trilogy by renowned choreographer Vicente Nebrada of Ballet Nacional de Caracas. The season opens at Ohlone College in Fremont on Saturday, November 9; performances continue through November 16 at the Lesher Center in Walnut Creek.

The Trilogy premiered in May 1976 for the Nacional Ballet de Caracas in Bogot‡, Colombia. Diablo Ballet's David Fonnegra, who danced the ballet numerous times under Mr. Nebrada, is one of a handful of individuals given the honor to stage this work. This passionate ballet that celebrates romance and love can be compared to ballroom dancing with Latin influences. Set to Teresa Carre–o's beautiful piano score, Diablo Ballet's performances will feature beloved Bay Area concert pianist, Roy Bogas.

Also on the program is the West Coast Premiere of "Compulsive," choreographed by M‡rio Radaovsk, former principal dancer with Jiri Kylian's Netherlands Dance Theatre and Artistic Director of the Slovak National Theatre. This fun and emotive solo won the senior bronze medal at the 2010 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Set to the music of Yann Tiersen, this powerful dance depicts Mr. Rada'ovsk's European dramatic and athletic sensibility.

The November program also includes the 2013 Edition of "A Swingin' Holiday,"created in 2012 by Sean Kelly, former resident choreographer for the national tour of the musical Billy Elliot and former principal of Houston Ballet. In 2012, the SF Chronicle raved, "The Company has a hit on its hands!" Diablo Ballet's new 2013 edition features favorite holiday tunes and songs from the 30s and 40s by such legends as Duke Ellington, Nat "King" Cole, Wynton Marsalis, and Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker Suite, performed live by the Diablo Ballet Swing Orchestra under the direction of Greg Sudmeier.

Following the Nov. 9 and Nov. 16 matinees, ticket holders are invited to meet and mingle with the dancers. Children under 12 may also have their photo taken with the dancers in costume.

Saturday, Nov. 9
2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Smith Center at Ohlone College
43600 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(877) 938-9240

Friday, Nov. 15 & Saturday, Nov 16
8 p.m. (also 2 p.m. on Sat)
Lesher Center for the Arts
1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
(925) 943-7469

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